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Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce

David W. DeLong


This book shows how the cost of losing human knowledge in a technology-intensive world seriously affects organizational success. It explains what leaders must do to retain critical know-how as millions of aging baby boomers begin retiring from the workforce in the next decade. This aging workforce will produce an unprecedented skills shortage in many sectors. Particularly at risk is the tacit or experiential knowledge needed to maintain high levels of performance in today's complex technological, scientific, and management fields. The book shows how this threatened loss of intellectual capital ... More

Keywords: skills shortage, knowledge management, workforce planning, workforce demographics, intellectual capital, brain drain, tacit knowledge, knowledge retention, labor shortage, baby boomers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195170979
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. DeLong, author
MIT AgeLab
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